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Gene Hackman isn't typically one to make celebrity gossip headlines.

But the Oscar winner admitted to Santa Fe police yesterday that he slapped a homeless man across the face after he referred to his wife by a vulgar name on Tuesday afternoon.

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The incident went down in New Mexico and was phoned in to the authorities by 63-year old Bruce Becker, the victim at the end of Hackman's open palm.

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Oscar winner Gene Hackman airlifted to the hospital Friday afternoon after he was hit by a car while riding his bike in the Florida Keys, his rep said.

Fortunately, the 81-year-old is alright and and on the mend.

"Gene was airlifted (because he is on an island) to the hospital for routine tests," the rep confirmed. "Everything is fine and Gene is on his way home now."

The actor suffered only "a few bumps and bruises."

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TMZ, which first reported the accident, said that the collision occurred at around 3 p.m. EST Friday, and the Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

Gene was assigned a special hospital room for high-profile patients where doctors could keep a close eye on the star, who suffered a cut on his forehead.

Hackman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for 1971's The French Connection and another Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1992's Unforgiven.

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